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When is a hatchet a blunt instrument? Imagine this, if you can: Andre the Giant, Lou Ferrigno, Arnold Schwarzenegger, or more probably one of their incredible fantasy movie characters lifting a 20lb bike over their head and clubbing a poor schmuck repeatedly. Hard to believe... .. but, at least possible with the strength of 3 men in one. Incredible perhaps? Well credibility is definitely the issue here. The latest whOregonian full front-page photo and headline reads: "Cyclist clubs driver with his bike"; a very blunt hatchet job. Does anyone remember the full page photos and headlines that they ran every time a biker was killed by a car in Portland: "Driver kills biker with his car" ? No? Well, that's because they never ran such a headline.
It is necessary to read the entire bill, not just sections, to ascertain the "Probable Cause" low standards for wire-tapping and spying. THE FISA AMENDMENTS ACT OF 2008, H.R. 6304 EH is at:
The FISA AMENDMENTS ACT OF 2008 May be Passed by the U.S. Senate Before You Can Read this.
Americans Can Thank Their House of Representatives.
The concept of class is fundamental to the anarchist understanding of society. The goal of anarchist communism is to create a classless society where everyone is on an equal footing, where all have equal access to wealth and contribute to society as best they can. Why then do anarchists argue that only the working class has the power to create a free and equal society? Many figures in the economic and political elite argue that we now live in a classless society. While it is true that class as an economic and social phenomenon has changed as capitalism has developed, this is not to say that we are no longer divided by class, just that the boundaries and definitions have become more complex.
Been looking at the FISA amendments - HR 6304 today and the debate (which got to moved to tomorrow because senators were going to NC or coming back from midwest and delayed flights). There seems to be a lot of attention focused on the immunity for telecoms provisions of the bill and calls to not be focused on them e.g., The EFF's Support of Bingaman Amendment and This Corporate Media Article - stressing other provisions. The telco immunity is being stressed in some ways because of cases by the EFF and ACLU against the teleco's. The immunity would effectively stop these cases and trump recent rulings by Judge Walker ruling that FISA preempts state secrets privilege. The other provisions raise more concern.
Don't sit on COINTELPRO information.
An interview with APOC founder.
youtube; Commentary by Mumia Abu Jamal on Ralph Nader
History of the teachings of John Africa and teachings of MOVE
brief history about MOVE
Yesterday marks the 3rd anniversary of the public transportation bombings in London, England which took 52 lives.
I have honestly and strongly criticized the objectively cruel methods of kidnapping and retaining prisoners under the conditions of the jungle. But I am not suggesting that anyone laid down their arms, when everyone who did so in the last 50 years did not survive to see peace...
Afghanistan was supposed to be the "good war"; a "just response" to the attacks of September 11. It was supposed to bring Bin Laden to justice "dead or alive" and quash terrorism wherever it originated. 95 per cent of the American people supported the invasion of Afghanistan. Now less than half think the U.S. will prevail. The war was promoted as a way to replace a repressive fundamentalist regime with a democratic government based on western values. The Bush administration promised to rebuild war-torn Afghanistan, transform its feudal system into a free market economy, and liberate its women from the oppression of Islamic extremism.
"I FEEL he is totally different." Those were the words of Naser Mahdi, a school teacher in Buquba, Iraq, on the Democrats' presumptive presidential nominee Barack Obama. "The world needs new blood in rulers," Mahdi told Inter Press Service, "and we hope that he might decrease the dominating authority of the United States."
Mahdi speaks for the millions of people, in the U.S. and around the world, who hope that Obama represents a new direction after eight miserable years of George W. Bush and his fellow warmongers.
But Mahdi and many others are in for a terrible disappointment--as Obama himself is making clear.
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The FISA AMENDMENTS ACT OF 2008 May be Passed by the U.S. Senate Before You Can Read this.
The BBC series on conspiracy theories presented a documentary on WTC 7 - the favourite building of the 9/11 'CT's' over the last few years. The likes of Dylan Avery, Steven Jones and the rest of the CT profiteers are given time in front of the camera yet none of their nonsense stacks up.
Two days ago an African-American singer belted out "Lift Every Voice and Sing", known as the "Black National Anthem". What makes this news its that it was part of Denver's State of the City ceremony, and she was supposed to be singing the "Star Spangled Banner". Since then the airwaves have pulsed with punditry but here, silence. Why might this be?
Thanking President Chavez
For those of you in search of this dangerous knowledge, follow me into the labyrinth, as I use the recently released "Lost Chapter" from the Iran/Contra commission report http://www.consortiumnews.com/2008/062908.html to throw a little light into the dark world which holds us all captive. I can confirm that some parts of the story revealed therein are true, because I was there, seeking to help my country, serving as an unwitting part of a network that was created to bring democratic freedom to an end in America and the world.
What a difference a general election makes.
Hours after the Supreme Court handed down a ruling banning the death penalty for the rape of a child, Democratic candidate Barack Obama found his inner Scalia and declared it a miscarriage of justice.
"I have said repeatedly that I think that the death penalty should be applied in very narrow circumstances for the most egregious of crimes," he told reporters at a press conference in Chicago. This is true. Despite the assumptions of some of his admirers, for at least as long as he has held political ambitions, Barack Obama has positioned himself as a supporter of state-sanctioned murder.
For a candidate who talks the talk on human rights, Barack Obama has little to say about the infamous School of the Americas (SOA). Originally established in the Panama Canal Zone in 1946, the school later moved to Fort Benning, Georgia in 1984. Since its inception, the institution has instructed more than 60,000 Latin American soldiers in military and law-enforcement tactics.
Barack Obama arrived on the political scene with a smile as beautiful as salvation itself, like a visitor from an idealized future, one where the races have combined to a golden hue, sent here to show us the way. Of course people fell in love with him. Yet now we see Obama drawn into the great room where the Democratic/Corporate establishment dwells, and the door is slowly closing behind him. This is not how it was supposed to be.
Obama has just opted out of public financing, the first presidential candidate to do so since 1972. NewsHour's Mark Shields, keeper of the flame for all that is good in the Democratic Party, called it "a flip-flop of epic proportions," noting that Obama's argument about a GOP financial advantage was "bogus." Shields even said it raised issues of Obama's "character." The New York Times editorialized that 2008 may now be "the year public financing died." In seizing a tactical advantage, Obama has handed an enormous strategic victory to corporate power.
Many people regard Obama's upcoming nomination for president as a sign that change is underway and that the nightmare of Bush and Cheney will be over beginning in late January 2009. New York Times columnist Frank Rich, for example, sees Obama's emergence as a changing of the guard. Others have cited Obama's campaign as indicative of millennials beginning to take the political stage. Millions are pleased that finally an African-American is going to be nominated by one of the two major parties and see this as in and of itself a step forward.
For the well-meaning people who are feeling this way, I have this question: How can the same Democratic Party, and the same specific individuals, who have co-operated in, permitted and/or legalized the Bush regime's atrocities - including torture and war crimes - now tell us that the candidate that they endorse is the solution to the horrid things that this system and these individuals have themselves facilitated and colluded in?
Four years ago, as the sentiment against George W. Bush's administration mounted, the entire left-wing spectrum hung on tight to the coattails of John Kerry, grasping for dear life. Critics called it the "Anybody but Bush" syndrome, but it should have been more aptly coined "Nobody but Kerry."
Virtually every progressive cause, from labor to the environment, had been co-opted by a mindset that would have ensured more of the same. There was no pressure put on Kerry to change, and he didn't. As a result, the antiwar movement collapsed, with no demonstrations and a strict allegiance to the Democrat's pro-war campaign. Fortunately, the movement to end the war was resurrected by Cindy Sheehan's as she erected her tent outside the Bush compound in Texas months later.
Today we find our political climate in a similar state of shock. Call it the "Nobody but Obama" epidemic. Senator Barack Obama has now sealed up the Democratic nomination, and the usual suspects, from MoveOn.org to Progressive Democrats for America, are falling in line. Sadly, what seems to be reigning in this year's election is even worse than the storm that flooded our issues in 2004.
Back in January, at one of the Democratic presidential candidates' debates, Barack Obama took one of his few open shots at Hillary Clinton's past as a shill for shady corporations. "While I was working [as a community organizer in Chicago]...watching those folks see their jobs shift overseas," Obama said, "you were a corporate lawyer sitting on the board at Wal-Mart."
It was a point that deserved to be made more often. Clinton's remade campaign image as a populist fighting for the "little guy" was in stark contrast to her long history as a fixture of the Democratic Party establishment and defender of corporations like Wal-Mart.
But maybe Obama had his reasons for keeping quiet about the Beast of Bentonville.
We want change. Obama says he will deliver change, as did the Democrats in '06. Yet nothing could be farther from the truth. Even the statistics prove the Democrats have failed us.
I wonder why nobody in Portland comments on Barack Obama's Rezko scandal here or in the newspaper?
Barack Obama has pledged to expand a controversial White House program that funnels federal money to religious charities. Many Democrats are reportedly saying it's the most aggressive outreach to religious voters ever by the party's presidential nominee. We speak with the Reverend Jim Wallis, founder and president of Sojourners, the largest network of progressive Christians in the United States. [includes rush transcript]
Rev. Jim Wallis, founder and president of Sojourners, the largest network of progressive Christians in the United States. He is the author of several books. His latest book is called The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith and Politics in a Post-Religious Right America.
One of the most popular ways to celebrate July 4th is a big barbecue. Ironically, the animals most people cook on Independence Day have been denied life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Why not choose kindness instead of cruelty? Commemorate our nation's birth by enjoying a meat-free day - it's good for the animals, good for our bodies and good for the country.
this will rogers quote fits our us congressional mentality perfectly concerning federal appeals in america only being available to be properly utilized by affluent americans excluding our us middle class and working poor from ever having any opportunity of exonerating themselves.
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It's painful to watch Sen. Barack Obama slide over to the Right on so many important issues, as the presidential election heats up in '08. FISA, NAFTA and Israel are a few. He's also met with Colin Powell and suggested that he might keep Robert Gates on as his Secretary of Defense. What's next? Irv "Scooter" Libby as head of his Justice Department? If Obama doesn't want to flop, like Sen. John Kerry did in '04, he better ponder changing his ways.
If Europeans can muster millions to protest our wars, then why can't we? Why not set September 11, the day of the second false flag Pearl Harbor, as the first day of an extended protest period?
Two people caught skinny dipping in a Portland reservoir that is a main source of water for the city nearly caused officials to dump millions of gallons of water and close the facility.
lots of nuke talk lately
The Papacy, Lisbon and The Irish Vote Today Saturday 28 June, 2008, in the centre of O'Connell Street , Dublin, there was great rejoicing coming from a shop that was obviously religious. The shop (broadcasting hymns and exhibiting chalk statutes etc.) exhibited a large poster in the front window to demonstrate that a Novena offered up by the Church to enlighten the people of Ireland to vote 'No' to the Lisbon Treaty had been answered. What has been most suspect in the recent Lisbon election is the hidden number of the Novena-faithful.
Great rulng if you have a home.
As I write this, millions of gun owners are celebrating the Supreme Court's Heller ruling.(1) Going off what they're hearing from the newspapers and television they believe our Right to Keep and Bear Arms has been affirmed. They're mistaken.
The majority opinion, in actuality a stealth assault on our Rights states that we have a "right"... BUT the state has a "right" to "regulate" WHO may keep and bear arms, WHERE they may keep and bear arms, WHAT KIND OF ARMS they may bear, and HOW they may bear their permitted arms.
The County just approved a major solar project, but it could easily be better.
The Iraqi Children's campaign efforts to put up a prominent billboard in the Portland Metro area ran into a roadblock last week when Clear Channel refused to allow the billboard. The proposed billboard is on our website and features a frightened Iraqi child with the words, "Every child matters!" www.iraqichildrenscampaign.org
This billboard is tasteful and simply shows a frightened iraqi child and conveys the message that every child matters regardless of their nation of origin. But Clear channel has decided that the people of Portland don't need to be reminded of the pain and suffering of children in their name. They claim that the design is "not right for the market at this time" which is of course utterly absurd.
Normal folks do not want to believe that the human race is dominated by dark forces. But, there is a small group of people who know that it is true, the human race is considered to be livestock, cattle for the real owners of this world, the elite.
This has got to be a political move by tri-met. They simply dont care about all the folks that depend on the bus to get to work.
The global debate around free-trade and its consequences has evolved tremendously in recent years, from tiny circles of leftist critics into a broad international protest movement. Although the movement began to bloom in response to the policies of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the biggest demonstrations have been in response to the now-popular "bi-lateral" free-trade agreements that economically powerful countries sign with poorer nations. Once one has become conscious of the problems created by free-trade agreements, whether they are international or regional, an immediate task presents itself: finding a feasible alternative.
Yes, the trade policy advocated by most big business politicians is "free-trade," and yes, this policy has had devastating consequences for working and poor people worldwide, while filling the already-full bank accounts of the rich. But the issue of "free-trade" alone isn't sufficient to fully explain the vast social problems that plague so many countries.
Despite an important NY Times article written in May, the mainstream media has virtually ignored this powerful new book which argues in painstaking detail that Abu-Jamal is innocent and that the actual shooter of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner was a man named Kenneth Freeman. Watch a video-interview at City Hall (PARTS 1, 2, and 3), a text-interview an excerpt, a previous interview, O'Connor's review of "Murdered By Mumia," and his response to the March 27 ruling.
The discredited way in which the European Union suspended its sanctions on Cuba on June 19 has been reported in 16 international press dispatches... Such hypocrisy is made all the more evident by the brutal European measure to expel illegal immigrants from Latin American countries.
who are we now?
As cities around the world prepare for their annual Pride celebrations, it is worth considering the "Church" of Scientology's official position on gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and queer people (LGBTQ). According to Scientology, such "perverts" should either be quarantined and institutionalized, or go through extensive Scientology "processing" until once again they have value as human beings.
Anonymous' next worldwide protest is on July 12th.
Perspective on the performance of the democrats since they took control of Congress in 2006
The recent news about violence on the MAX Light-Rail system has been entirely one-sided.
By Bruce McCall 05/07/2008: John Allison, CEO of the banking giant BB&T, calls Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged," "the best defense of capitalism ever written." He says that Rand changed his life, and he's working to ensure that the deceased author isn't left out of the nation's college curricula.
Since 2005, the BB&T Charitable Foundation has given 25 colleges and universities several million dollars to start programs devoted to the study of Rand's books and economic philosophy. In January, the company announced it was donating $1 million to Marshall University in West Virginia. The money would establish a course dedicated to Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" and Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations, and help create the BB&T Center for the Advancement of American Capitalism on campus.
--Clark Davis, NPR "Morning Edition"
In 2004 a crash of Blackwater Flight 61 occurred in the rugged mountains of central Afghanistan, killing three soldiers and three-man crew. The widows of the soldiers sued Presidential Airways, Blackwater's sister company, which was under contract with the U.S. military to fly cargo and personnel around Afghanistan.
Lawyers for the company has asked a federal court to decide the case using provisions from the Islamic Shari'a, not the U.S. laws. They argue that the Shari'a "does not hold a company responsible for the actions of employees performed within the course of their work." http://www.newsobserver.com/917/story/1113022.html
The fur was flying fast and furiously at the National Press Club on June 18, 2008. Larry Sinclair was in town--the bete noire of U.S. Sen. Barrack Obama (D-IL). After making an opening statement, the media ripped into Sinclair, challenging just about every aspect of his anti-Obama yarn. It wasn't a good day for the accuser. He was also arrested after his spiel by the DC cops and turned over to two Federal Marshals on an outstanding Delaware warrant.
americans are slowly learning about how easy it is for our country to have tens of thousands falsly imprisoned inmates nationwide!
the AMA adds its weight to medical nondiscrimination
Some patrons of Bluehour restaurant are really rude and aggressive towards protesters, who are chanting and holding signs and talking with people on the sidewalk about he reality of factory farming ducks and geese for "foie gras." Not only did the compassiuonae protesters have to put up with an over tanned man in a tight white tee-shirt questioning their veganism for a drunken hour (especially their shoes, which he thought were made of dead animals, even after the vegan protesters assured him about 10 times that they were vegan), but more people threw water on the protesters. Well, one protester threw water back onto the water throwing Bluehour patron...
My experience, and knowledge of the working class of this country being screwed around by the upper class, and my suggestion of dissent and distrust of the wealthy, despite their liberal facades or attitudes.
"It is in no one's interests that extremists have a safe haven from which to operate. Obviously, it's a testy situation there. We can help calm the situation down."
For the sake of the long-suffering Pashtun people of both Pakistan and Afghanistan, Karzai had better figure-out that when Bush offers to "calm" the situation, he is referring to military pacification, on a scale not seen since World War II.
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